7:30 AM CMJ Registration — Judson Memorial Church
7:30 AM Morning MCLE/CPE Sign-in and Breakfast — NYU Kimmel Center, 10th Floor

 

9:00 – 10:00 AM

“Cloud Computing vs. File Sharing”

NYU Kimmel Center – Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor

Cloud computing is the biggest buzz word in content distribution these days, but questions remain about licensing issues, payment schemes and the “sanitizing” of illegally obtained files. File sharing sites continue to be a target of lawsuits from content owners and trade groups: in some cases winning (YouTube), losing (KaZaa), winning but still losing (Veoh), and losing but still winning (Limewire). Our panel will discuss these issues, the state of the law on cloud storage and file sharing, and how these two distinct types of services relate to one another.

 

Moderator: Michael S. Poster, Esq., Partner, Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP
- Joseph T. Baio, Esq., Partner, Co-Chair Business Litigation Practice Group, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
- Mark Eisenberg, Esq., Co-Founder & Principal, Latticeworks Media
- Michael S. Elkin, Esq., New York Office Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

- Adam H. Parness, Senior Director of Music Licensing, Rhapsody International Inc.

 

10:10 – 11:10 AM (choose one of two simultaneous panels)

“Unlocking Revenue Streams”

NYU Kimmel Center – Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor

Anyone who receives royalty accounting statements has to wonder if those statements are, in fact, accurate: Are they being paid on the correct number of units? But what about challenging the entire premise of royalty calculation? As technology evolves and new revenue streams are developed, royalty recipients are taking a hard look at the assumptions underlying their royalty payments, and in certain cases, challenging them in court. This panel will discuss several recent, newsworthy cases, as well as personal experiences in disputing the assumptions and formulas used in paying royalties for recorded music, publishing income and overall statement auditing.

 

Moderator: Jason Boyarski, Esq., Chief Operating Officer, HeadOverHeels Collective

- Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Partner, Caplan and Ross, LLP
- J. Christopher Hull, CPA, Partner, Prager & Fenton LLP
- Barry Massarsky, President, Massarsky Consulting
- Jason Pascal, Esq., Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Assistant Corporate Secretary, The Orchard Enterprises, Inc.

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“Getting in Synch with Section 115”

NYU Kimmel Center – Silver Board Room (No. 914)

Do the complexities of music licensing cause the industry to lose out on creative business models? The Section 115 Reform Act (SIRA) was introduced five years ago to offer a mechanism whereby legitimate music services could clear all the necessary rights to make large numbers of musical works quickly available through blanket mechanical licensing. This year, it has been suggested that Congress should bring back the legislation and extend that blanket to synchronizations as well. Would such a change in the law put the music industry back on track? Would it be an incursion on the fair use rights of consumers? This panel will address these complex issues and many more related topics.

 

Moderator: Gary R. Greenstein, Esq., Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
- Roger Miller, Chief Executive Office and Chief Investment Officer, The Bicycle Music Company
- Joel M. Schoenfeld, Esq., Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
- Christos Badavas, Esq., Vice President and Senior Council, The Harry Fox Agency
- Barry I. Slotnick, Esq., Partner and Chair, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Litigation Practice Group, Loeb & Loeb, LLP

 

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM

“Real World Entertainment Ethics”

NYU Kimmel Center – Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor

Even in the age of laptop production, the vast majority of creative projects involve some form of collaboration.  While it’s common knowledge that a lawyer should avoid conflicts of interest, difficulties may arise when a band or production company is closely associated with its driving talent, or when group members want to retain a single lawyer to advise them all and the project falls apart.  This presentation will give you the tools to determine exactly who the client is, and will outline what steps to take when the answer to that question is not clear.  We will also address how to manage client communications, confidentiality and conflicts as they all move into the cloud.

 

- Nicole Hyland, Esq., Associate, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.

- Lisa E. Davis, Esq., Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.

- Katie Lachter, Esq., Associate, Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP

 

12:20 – 1:20 PM (Luncheon)

KEYNOTE: A Conversation with DANIEL GLASS, Founder & President, Glassnote Entertainment Group and MATT PINFIELD, Host, MTV’s 120 Minutes

 

1:30 – 2:30 PM

“Alternative Distribution, Major Success”

NYU Kimmel Center – Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor

As the use of digital technologies becomes more commonplace, Q1 2011 Nielsen reports show the emergence of a small but significant block of consumers who access nearly all of their media online. Will we see a continued trend in direct-to-portal and developed-for-online deals? This panel will explore perspectives on using non-traditional distribution methods examining deal structures and negotiation points.

 

Moderator: Steven R. Masur, Esq., Senior Partner, MasurLaw
- Meeka Jun Bondy, Esq., Vice President, Legal Affairs, Home Box Office, Inc.
- David Martinez, Esq., Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, IAC/Connected Ventures

 

2:40 – 3:40 PM (choose one of two simultaneous panels)

“The Next Level in Gamification:
Deal Points for Developing Casual and Social Games”

NYU Kimmel Center – Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor

Major video game developers, fast-growing startups, traditional media companies and musical acts are all alive to the demonstrated power of social and casual games in driving interest in entertainment properties. Learn the deal points that matter to the real-world practitioners, in-house lawyers and business people who negotiate the development, marketing integration and distribution of social and casual games – regardless of platform.

 

Moderator: Toby Butterfield, Esq. Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.
- Sean F. Kane, Esq., Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- Seth Metsch, Esq., Digital Media Counsel/Senior Director, Digital Business Development, A+E Networks | A&E | Lifetime | History | Bio

- Margaret Wallace, CEO, Playmatics

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“Hypothetical Reality: Rights Clearances in Unscripted Television”

NYU Kimmel Center – Silver Board Room (No. 914)

The good news is your boss just assigned you to be counsel for an unscripted series using an exciting new format. The bad news…your boss just assigned you to be counsel for an unscripted series using an exciting new format. Our veteran panel will take us through the conception and production of a hypothetical new and complex format for an unscripted television series. They will explore all the rights that must be acquired before the show airs, as well as the negotiations that take place in securing those rights.

 

Moderator: Marc S. Reisler, Esq., Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
- Darci Bailey, Esq., Litigation and IP Counsel, A&E TV

- Thomas Cavanaugh, Esq., Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Fox Music, Inc.

- Cameron Stracher, Esq., Of Counsel, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz and Deputy General Counsel, American Media
- Evelyn Tollinche, Esq., Senior Counsel, Viacom Media Networks

 

3:50 – 4:50 PM

“Privacy in Social Media: Dealing with An Oxymoron”

NYU Kimmel Center – Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor

As social media and traditional entertainment media continue to converge, media companies increasingly face claims about the misuse of personal identifying information that includes GPS data. We will hear from expert in-house and law firm practitioners about current topics such as the privacy implications of integrating social media services with multiple music streaming providers; the use of PII in targeted online advertising; shared login services; shared playlists; and how companies can deal with global consumers, despite the EU’s different, but evolving approach to privacy regulation.

 

Moderator: Mason A. Weisz, Esq., Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP
- Drew Bordages, Esq., Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Specific Media

- Wade Leak, Esq., Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment

- Pauline Wen, Esq., Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Viacom Media Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.
- Marc Zwillinger, Esq., Partner, ZwillGen PLLC

 

5:00 PM Closing Remarks — NYU Kimmel Center, 10th Floor

 

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